Birds Of Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh – Bird Photography

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Birds of Pench National Park are a delight. We all went looking for big cats, and they did oblige us with ample generosity. However, I have never had such good luck with birds as I had at Pench National Park and around.

Allow me to walk you through some of my prized captures. I must thanks the birds for allowing me enough time capture them with my point and shoot camera.

A pair of Indian Scops Owl.

I am putting this pair on top as this is the first time I managed to observe and click owls. They sat quietly half perched inside the tree, a natural camouflage. They let us click to our heart’s content when one of them decided to slide a bit low. The other one followed. I was mesmerized and if they had not decided to go back in – we might have just stood there missing out the rest of the diversity that jungle has to offer.

Indian Scops Owl - Birds of Pench National Park
Indian Scops Owl – Birds of Pench National Park

Colorful birds of Pench.

The diversity of colors that the birds offer to a nature lover can probably be only matched by the underwater world in certain ocean beds. Of course the fact that underwater, you see all the colors in one go, in the forest you have to spot these elusive beings. You have to follow their flight, wait for them to sit for a while and then hopefully manage to click them.

Some of the colorful birds of Pench for you.

Jungle Fowls.

Jungle Fowls do not fly too high but it is an effort to follow them on ground.

Junglefowl Birds of Pench
Junglefowl Birds of Pench

Indian Roller.

Indian Roller can be found across India. It looks not so colorful when it is sitting quietly like this but its colors show when it is in flight. It is such a delight to watch.

Indian Roller bird
Indian Roller bird

India Pitta.

Indian Pitta is a called Navranga in Hindi – literally meaning the one with 9 colors. It is difficult to see all the 9 colors in one go but try and count the colors in this picture.

Indian Pitta bird at Pench
Indian Pitta bird at Pench

Peafowls.

June End – when I visited the Pench National Park, it was the time when skies were yet to open up. We were all hoping for rains. The peacocks perched on trees it seems were trying to entice the sky – so that it pours to meet this beautiful bird. Do you not think it sits like a lover waiting anxiously for its beloved? It displays all that it has to impress her. I found this pose enchanting.

Indian Peafowl
Indian Peafowl

Parakeets.

We all know these green birds who wear different colors on their head and sometimes around their neck. Sometimes they let you doubt if they are yellow or green. I love them when they sit in the windows of old monuments and add some life to them.

Plum-headed Parakeet
Plum-headed Parakeet

Orioles.

If you see golden birds flying around in India, they are more often than not – Orioles. For me, they are the most difficult ones to click, for they hardly sit on a branch. Even if they do, it is never the branch that is within my camera’s shooting range.

Eurasian Golden Oriole
Eurasian Golden Oriole

Treepies.

Look at that colorful back.

Rufous Treepie
Rufous Treepie

Not so common birds at Pench National Park.

Kites & Eagles.

Crested serpent eagle – I have clicked this bird a few times. My camera loves it for this is one bird that does not fly away and sits steadfast like a non-moving object. The eyes of Crested Serpent Eagle always give me a chill. Big yellow eyes have an emptiness that can suck you in. These eyes taught me the meaning of Eagle Eye.

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle

Black Shouldered Kite.

I think I spotted this bird for the first time at Pench National Park – actually not inside the park, but on a dry tree near the fields.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite

Yellow Crowned Woodpecker.

A hard knock is their identity. The bright colors on them make them easy to spot but a very restless nature makes them move swiftly. This time, I got lucky and caught Yellow Crowned Woodpecker.

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker

Jacobin Cuckoo.

I learned that this cuckoo is known as the harbinger of rains. In Indian mythology, you might have heard of it as Chatak.

Jacobin Cuckoo
Jacobin Cuckoo

White Eyed Buzzard.

A hawk with a white Iris – I assume it is not as gentle as it sounds in this picture.

White-eyed Buzzard
White-eyed Buzzard

Yellow Throated Sparrow.

Yellow-throated Sparrow is also known as chestnut shouldered Petronia – a member of the sparrow family. Notice the little yellow on its throat.

Yellow-throated Sparrow
Yellow-throated Sparrow

India Grey Hornbill.

Indian Grey Hornbill as seen at Pench National Park. Check out our post on Malabar Pied Hornbills at Dandeli.

Indian Grey Hornbill
Indian Grey Hornbill

Common Birds of Pench.

Laughing Doves.

Laughing Doves are quite common across India. What I find amusing about this pair was the way they were interacting – almost like a couple – talking, fighting but staying together.

Laughing Doves
Laughing Doves

Spotted Dove.

Another of doves that be commonly found.

Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove

Asian Koel ( Female ).

This koel was drinking water when the sun was shining hot – but not for a second it lost its alertness. It would dip its beak for a second and then look around. We were probably guilty too with so many of our cameras pointing towards a small little koel.

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Asian Openbill.

Asian Openbill was spotted in a distant water body inside the Pench National Park.

Asian Openbill
Asian Openbill

Indian Black Ibis.

Indian Black Ibis was also spotted near a water body although this is also known to live in fields.

Indian Black Ibis
Indian Black Ibis

Asian Pied Starling.

Asian Pied Starling was talking aloud, as you can see from its wide open mouth. There were others from its fraternity around her it and it just could not stop talking.

Asian Pied Starling
Asian Pied Starling

Bay Backed Shrike.

Do not know much about this bird, would be happy to update on any inputs received from you.

Bay-backed Shrike
Bay-backed Shrike

Black Drongo.

A bird that loves to open its wings and dry them, can be seen flying in groups mostly in evenings.

Black Drongo
Black Drongo

Chestnut-tailed Starling.

Chestnut-tailed Starling
Chestnut-tailed Starling

Flame-backed Woodpecker.

Flame-backed Woodpecker is a lovely bird. I love this pose of it when it is ready to prick the wood balancing itself almost vertically on the tree.

Flame-backed Woodpecker
Flame-backed Woodpecker

Oriental Magpie Robin.

I always identify Oriental Magpie Robin by its distinct black and white pattern.

Oriental Magpie Robin
Oriental Magpie Robin

Red-wattled Lapwing.

I have usually seen Red-wattled Lapwing around the edges of lakes or ponds.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing

White-throated Kingfisher.

White-throated Kingfisher is probably the most easily spotted bird in India. Its bright colors never let you miss it.

White-throated Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher

I wonder if I could spot so many birds in the hot summer month of June, would Pench National Park be a paradise for birding during winters?

Recommend you to read following travel blog posts on national parks.

  1. Collarwali Tigress – Queen of Pench National Park.
  2. Meeting Munna – Rock Star Tiger at Kanha National Park.
  3. Bird Photography at Satpura National Park.
  4. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan.
  5. Bandhavgarh National Park Wildlife – Beyond the Tigers.

8 COMMENTS

  1. wow! What a wonderful creatures. Indian scops owl look so cute. My uncle used to have a jungle fowls when I was young and it was absolutely true, they can’t fly far enough but it’s too hard to catch them on the ground.

  2. Pictures are really Awesome. Great reading your simple but very informative and creative presentation with simple words. Please keep it up. Please tell also what kind of Camera You use and the lenses.

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